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EDITORS NOTE One of the many decisions facing new immigrants is choosing the best school for your children. This can seem a daunting prospect, choosing between state and private, weighing up the costs and making sure the school you choose allows your children to develop and grow to the best of their abilities. We outline some of the things parents need to think about including what you need to organise to enrol your kids as well as information about how tertiary education works in Australia. Thanks to all those readers who sent in profiles about their schools across Australia. We hope this helps new immigrants in choosing the school that is right for them.


Also in this issue, part two of Rob Nicholls’ Africa is For Children feature and another great car review by Ryan Broadfoot. Our decorating expert Deborah Atkins gives us some tips on sprucing up our homes for Spring and we also feature a must read book by ex-South African Lois Nicholls. Aussie, Actually details her family’s immigration story, the highs and lows and what to expect. For your chance to own a copy of Aussie, Actually we are asking Sabona readers to tell us about your funny immigration stories. Sabona introduces the Africa Club to readers in this issue. The Africa Club of Queensland has been functioning for many years and is primarily a social vehicle for those with links to Africa. Members range from new arrivals, people who have been here 20+years, and those just passing through. They have family, single and country members that encompass all age groups and are always hosting events across Queensland. They will be featuring in all future issues of Sabona. Thanks to artist Kevin Wait who is donating one of his amazing animal prints to one lucky Sabona Subscriber, don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to add to your African art collection. As well as all our favourite regulars, we profile an all original African party planning approach. Penny Cooper is taking on Tupperware parties and adding an African twist, selling any and all African artefacts. Another example of a truly entrepreneurial South African lady. Our cover image for this issue was again taken by Rob Nicholls, director and part owner of Safari Holidays. This Hippo and its oxpecker passengers was shot by Rob during a motor boat trip down the Zambezi River in Zambia. Once again packed full of informative stories, business tips, recipes and humour, we hope you enjoy Issue Nine of Sabona Magazine!


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Thank you for your thoughts and reflections. Most of what I read brought a tear to my eye but in reading through, I also realized how far we have come in the 2 months my son and I have been here. Single-momship is daunting at its best but immigrating on your own with a little one of 7 has its ups and downs too. Anyone wanting to write and find out about moving to the western suburbs of Melbourne, hey I’m right here and would love to tell of our experiences. Are there any Saffas in the western suburbs of Melbourne?? Any SA doctors or dentists?? Any groups that get together??? Would love to hear from you Bronwynn Nyschens

Ed: A question we are always asked is where are the South African doctors, dentists etc. We have listed all those we are aware of in our business directory online. So if you find any others that are not listed, please let us know. As with groups and events, send us your details and we will add them to the website.

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How true this is! I consider myself to be friendly, approachable and even too soft hearted. However, it has taken me years to work out how to manage people here. Australians like it direct and honest yet not too direct and sometimes not too honest. Even when out of the work place, never enter a shop and immediately say you want to buy something...always say hello and chat a bit about the weather, or the kids or anything really except that you actually want to buy stuff. South Aussie

Ed: Great advice...but then as immigrants to the country it is not hard for us to be interested in others and it is a great way to learn the customs and the ins and outs of everyday life!

SAussie kids having a go! Issue One We will be moving to Joondalup, Perth late in the year, my kids are in a private Christian school here in Richards Bay, KZN... there are so many schools to choose from?? I need advice on what schools focus on sports and are there better schools to go to. Also, is it safe for the kids to cycle and/or go via bus/train by themselves? Selina Rousseau Ed: We have a great section in this issue on education and schooling and a couple of school principles (exSouth African) share their opinions about schooling in Australia.


Coping with Immigration Stress Issue One

After reading your article, it makes me even more headstrong (harde gat), to get to Australia. We are aware of the challenges awaiting us, other than getting along with your colleagues. South Africa is my country, not my home, we are looking for a place to call home, and we can find it in Australia. Thank you for such a wonderful article. Eloise Having done the immigrating thing almost 20 yrs ago, I know that every point in this article is worth gold. Also worth to be aware of is that you and your partner may have different stress factors and mechanisms to cope with each...or not! Often times it doesn’t feel like it, but things DO level out again, settle and become successful again. Never give up. Pia Rousseau Well, what a journey this has been, I am 24 years old and moved to OZ, all on my own, being offered a great job. This is not for the faint hearted or weak. My work experience is awful, I can remember my first day, I overheard a person whispering, lets see how long this saffer will last? I miss everything about home, I feel trapped with my Visa restrictions and contract with this company. I so badly want to adapt and make it work, yet the people here make it so hard, very unwelcoming. If you are going to do it, think about it very carefully and make sure you do your homework regarding your work situation. Maybe it is harder for me as I am all alone, it may be easier for a family. Good Luck to all of you are thinking of immigrating. The safety and quality of life here is great, yet nothing compares to the happiness I felt living in Cape Town. Mel

Ed: We are sorry to hear of your unpleasant experiences. There are a lot of support networks available for Southern Africans, including the SBN networking functions. We encourage all new immigrants to try attend as many of these as possible, because without support and assistance, this journey can get too much to bear on our own. I also draw your attention to an article in issue 8 – Longing and Belonging in a new country by Stella Horgan. She runs a workshop to help Southern Africans to better integrate and adapt to their new lives.


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Aussie, Actually Embracing emigration with its challenges is not for the faint hearted. Leaving all that is familiar to break new ground in a foreign land takes courage, perseverance and dollops of humour.

Tackling the subject with honesty and candour is South African born writer, Lois Nicholls who has penned Aussie, Actually detailing her family’s emigration experience. Lara, her 10 year old daughter illustrated each chapter with cartoons after she was given a brief outline of the content. ‘I’ve always loved drawing so my mum asked me to have a go at sketching some cartoons. It was great fun coming up with different drawings and I really enjoyed seeing my pictures when the book was printed,’ says Lara. Aussie, Actually is an upbeat, snappy read that explains the highs and lows of emigration using anecdotes and musings about her life Down Under. The book chronicles 11 years in Australia, covering all aspects of settling in as a migrant. These include financial struggles, friendships, business blunders, cultural clashes and most of all the challenge of starting over with absolutely no history to fall back on. Medical procedures, coping with Queensland’s relentless summer heat, school choices and trying to recreate a home in unfamiliar surroundings are accounted for. ‘People who’ve settled in a new country often don’t speak about how they truly feel. They either assume no one else is going through what they’re experiencing or they’re too embarrassed to let on that they’re finding things difficult. Nothing can really prepare you for such a monumental move. You can read all the emigration manuals in the world, but for most migrants, there’s

still an element of shock and loss. I wanted to tell an honest story and it appears I’ve struck a chord. Migrants of all nationalities have said the book made them laugh and cry – they relate totally and best of all, they feel a whole lot better about themselves!’ says Lois.

WIN A SIGNED COPY OF AUSSIE, ACTUALLY Sabona Magazine has signed copies of Aussie, Actually to give away to FIVE lucky readers. All you have to do - submit your humorous immigration anecdotes. The Five most humorous stories (as judged by Sabona), will received a copy of Aussie, Actually, personally signed by Lois Nicholls! Submit your story at: aussieactually

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Know About EDUCATION IN AUS! By Tracey Purdon

Education is one of the top reasons a lot of us made this big move. We wanted to give our children a future with all that tertiary education has to offer, and with the plethora of educational choices and options available here in Australia, it all becomes possible. Education has some relevance for all of us, whether it is our grandchildren going off to kindergarten (kindy), our children settling in to junior or high school or helping our teens complete their final year before choosing courses and universities. Finding a school for our 16 year old daughter was our first priority when we arrived in Australia. In hindsight I am glad we did put it first, before looking for a home and jobs. Coming from the private school system in Zimbabwe of 10 years ago, the first impression of schools here quite honestly scared us. We experienced an uneasiness in what we first saw, which made us broaden our focus to include other regions that we had not at first considered settling in. There are great schools to be found all over Australia and now after living here for a while I would know how to find them and what to look for and my expectations would be more realistic and different. We hope this information makes it a little easier for the new arrivals as well as for parents and students who have been here for a while and as we near the end of another school year, are making decisions about their next step in education.


Children can attend preschool when they are four years old. There may be a fee to attend preschool, as government funding doesn’t cover all the operating costs. Most preschools operate in purpose-built facilities and are managed by a volunteer parent committee, but other preschools are run within long-day care centres, as part of a church group, or by local governments, state schools or independent schools.

Primary and Secondary

Australian children must start school by the age of six. Primary and Secondary schools are mostly in separate locations, but some

Catholic schools and many Independent schools have Primary and Secondary schools on the same campus.

Types of schools

Australian schools for the most part are very similar to schools in Africa where the traditional school uniform is worn and a set state controlled curriculum is followed. Each school is different in its culture and its philosophies; some will have a strong sports ethic, some will follow a religious affiliation while others promote individuality and artistic pursuits. There are almost 10 000 schools throughout Australia. You may want to consider whether prospective schools offer a flexible and diverse curriculum which will allow your child to pursue individual talents in particular areas and to work at their own speed. Most schools provide a prospectus outlining their philosophies and approach in curriculum, discipline and expectations of students.


Public [State] school education is free but there will be a small levy to cover certain activities. Some schools will ask you to pay some or all of this when you enroll your child. Parents may also have to pay for books, and uniforms [most have a thrift shop]. You will also have to cover costs of outings, camps and extra curricular activities. Private school education ranges from $3500 to $15000 per year depending on the school and the grade. Again books, activities, uniforms and extra curricular activities incur an extra cost.

Learn more about the schools in your area on the following sites: Australian Schools Directory Private Schools Directory

Some private schools may also require your child to have a laptop computer but in both public and state schools computers are a part of school life in some way and will be available for students to use. Most public libraries [free to join] also have computers for use by bookings.



Most government schools accept enrolments from the second term of the year before your child will start school. Private schools often have long waiting lists and require much earlier enrolment. You can contact schools to find out about their requirements.You will be given an enrolment form which may ask for: » Your child’s name, age and birth date, including a copy of the birth certificate and possibly a copy of your visa » Your child’s address and phone number » Parent contact details » Proof of up-to-date immunization » Any other medical or personal information that will help the school meet your child’s individual needs » Your child’s previous school’s reports

Most schools have a second hand (thrift shop) with a range of second hand and even some new items. Uniforms for State schools are a bit more lenient than private and only insist on the higher years to have the full ‘number ones’ uniform, so don’t rush out and buy absolutely everything on the list until you are sure you will need it. Stationery and books - the same applies to the book lists and stationery. Books can be bought second hand and often stationery lists are very general and your child may not need everything on the list. Library - join the public library as this will save on book costs and there will be computers to use until you get your own.

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Vocational and University There are many choices your child will have to make when considering tertiary education. There are a lot of services available to help you through these decisions but you will need to learn to ask for help and make the most of any occasion that you can to learn more about the Universities you are interested in, such as open days and career expos. Most universities have a career guidance department too. You will find events listed on the University’s websites.

Entry and Enrollment requirements

Entrance requirements for tertiary education is determined by individual providers and takes into account your ‘education ranking’. If you did not go to school in Australia your international qualification will have to ranked against one of the following: State / Territory  

Rank Name


Equivalent National Tertiary Entrance Rank Overall position (OP)/ Rank University Admission Index (UAI) Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER)

There are various options available to students that do not initially meet requirements, to help them improve their ranking and still qualify to enroll in university. Most universities have two enrollments per year.

FEES and HELP [used to be called HECS]

FEE-HELP is a loan given to eligible fee paying [domestic] students to help pay part or all of their tuition fees. You are considered a domestic student if you are: » An Australian citizen; » A New Zealand citizen; or » The holder of a permanent visa Eligible domestic students can access either a Commonwealth supported place or a domestic fee-paying place, which means you are eligible for a Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) loan to assist with your tuition costs. Students repay their loan through the tax system once their income is above the minimum threshold for compulsory repayment.

Additional expenses

Course fees are not the only expense students will incur as part of their studies. Additional expenses may include: » Student union fees » Costs for text books, study material » Accommodation and general living expenses » Travel expenses » Charges for services incidental to their course.


Other Reference Sources

Some of the information in this article has been sourced from the publication ‘OzDownunder’ []. This publication has a wealth of information and tips that is an absolute must for anyone considering the move. To comment on this article:


With Portside Christian School Principal Johan Griesel Number of years 3 School type Independent What do you enjoy most about your current position? Johan: It is always a privilege to serve and a position like this gives one the opportunity. About Portside: Johan: Portside Christian School has 283 students from Reception to Year 11, extending to Year 12 in 2009. We have an Early Learning Centre with 46 students as well.

The School is situated in the western suburbs of Adelaide and has been running for 32 years. Faith based school with a very good reputation. South African students find it easy to fit in because they are used to schools similar to Portside Christian School What have you found to be the major differences between education systems in Australia compared to South Africa? Johan: A much more IT and assignment approach. Students need to get their IT and research skills developed. 9 Knapman Crescent Port Adelaide SA 5015 T (08) 83415133 M 0437526553 To comment: Sabona: Issue Nine


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Q&A with Calvary Christian

College Principal Glen Maleham What have you found to be the major differences between education systems in Australia compared to South Africa? Glen: The Government provides substantial funding to Independent schools, so we are able to have the best facilities and equipment. The testing systems differ from state to state, although the Government is talking about introducing a national curriculum. In most schools, sport takes place during school hours. Few schools play sport on Saturdays. Can you offer any advice to students still in Africa to prepare for their enrolment/acceptance into a new school here? Glen: South African students are generally seen as respectful and motivated. Make the most of this mindset: set the good example, and don’t let yourself follow poor examples. There is a greater emphasis on assignments. This means that juggling time with homework is an adjustment at first. South African students are well trained in basic algebra, but in Queensland there is also a section on ‘Problem Solving’ which needs to be mastered through hard work. Why should newly immigrated Southern Africans send their children to your school in particular? Glen: Townsville enjoys an average of 320 days a year of sunshine! A large percentage of our teachers and students come from South Africa and feel very much at home here. There is a large South African element in Townsville. The families who don’t immediately fit into a home church quickly form friendships in the local South African Club and with Australian families. Our school provides a Christian based education. All our permanent teachers are Christian. The discipline and behaviour standards expected here are much like the best practice in South Africa.

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Calvary Christian College About Glenn Maleham (ex South African) Number of years at school: 1 School Type: Private

The curriculum is varied, and the academic standards are high. A gifted and talented program extends our better students. There is much scope for a well-balanced education. Besides a full range of interschool sports (weekdays in Townsville schools), our school offers tennis excellence, Music tuition, Speech and Drama, Chess, and a ‘Hobbyclub’ program. How well do you find newly immigrated Southern African students settle into Australian schooling systems? Glen: Because of the ready acceptance of South African students by their Australian counterparts, we have not to date had any difficulties with SA children happily settling in to Calvary Christian College.

About Calvary Christian College CCC was started 30 years ago to serve a community that valued a Christian education. It operates a Kindergarten to Year 12 programme that provides the Queensland Studies Authority curriculum.

What advice could you offer to newly immigrated Southern Africans looking for the best school for their children? Glen: Don’t fall for the trap of thinking that the most expensive education is the best one. Snob value will not guarantee a safe environment for your children. Look for good value, which will rest in good values.

Our graduates have been successful in following their dreams, including medicine, law and tourism, to name a few. Our current School Captain and Vice Captain both hail from South Africa.

Australia is physically safer than South Africa and parents should make the most of this. At the same time, parents need to remember that any society has its dangers and temptations, so they need to be careful where they place their children. If you can, send your children to a good primary school straight away, don’t wait until high school.

Students and Teachers Every grade in our school has a representative from South Africa. 15% of our teaching staff have come from SA and approximately 6% of our students. PO Box 1544 Aitkenvale QLD 4814 P: +617 4722 9201 F: +617 4722 9208

What would you say to people who cannot afford private education and have to send their children to public/state schools? Glen: If you can, move to an area where there is a better state school. Be very careful about your children’s friends. Especially in adolescence, when they take their eyes off you and fix them on their friends, you will want them to have the right kind of friends. Make sure you visit their friends’ parents. They could have values and child-rearing practices that you would not be happy with. Make sure you give your children a Godly heritage through the example you set, they won’t get it in the World. To comment:

Q&A with Kings Christian

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College CRM Stephen Wruck

Can you offer any advice to students still in Africa to prepare for their enrolment/acceptance into a new school here? Stephen: Be prepared for waiting lists at the school of your choice. Collect information early. School websites should be able to give you a lot of information. Sending application forms well in advance will be very helpful. Once in Australia, arrange for tours of schools on your short list. Why should newly immigrated Southern Africans send their children to your school in particular? Stephen: At King’s, you will find everything we do is strongly grounded in Christian principles. We are not a selective school. We aim to provide a well rounded education, offering a broad range of options academically, culturally, spiritually, socially and physically. Our aim is to give students the opportunity to lay the foundations for a successful life. How well do you find newly immigrated Southern African students settle into Australian schooling systems? Stephen: Generally, I hear comments from our families who say they have a busy but happy routine. I am told that their children are happy at school and enjoy the wide range of sports, artistic and other co-curricular opportunities they are offered. Could you give a few examples of common problems that Southern African students would benefit from hearing about before starting school in Australia? Stephen: Language: Australian English places different pronunciation on vowels compared with South African English. South African parents at our school have told me that they sometimes misunderstand words because of this, and if they are parents of Prep / Year 1 children, can have difficulty helping their children practice the sounds of vowels that they learn at school.

Cultural: There are Australian slang words that exist nowhere else. (An Australian going to South Africa would strike the same issue.) Sometimes there are common words that have a slightly different meaning in common Australian speech than would be experienced in South Africa. What is your opinion about the quality of education between Public and Private Schools in Australia? Stephen: Generalisations are very difficult. Public schools in Australia provide a good universal education. (Each State has a slightly different system) Independent Schools, while working within a similar framework are able to provide an education that is different to the public system. This difference will depend on the philosophy of the school board or governing body. Parents wishing to send their children to an Independent School should contact schools (visit websites, read literature, talk to parents) to choose a school that has a value structure that matches their own. What would you say to people who cannot afford private education and have to send their children to public/state schools? Stephen: There is a wide variety of fee structures in Australian Independent Schools. While some can be quite expensive, low fee schools can have a fee structure that is not much more than the real cost of attending some public schools.

For families who would prefer to send their children to a private school but suspect they may not be able to afford to, I would recommend that they try to understand the total cost of attending school at their local public school versus the low fee private school of their choice. For example, the private school may have a fee that is all inclusive. The public school may not have tuition fees, but there may be an expectation for parents to pay a variety of levies for computers, sport, text books, co-curricular activities etc. With this knowledge, parents may find that the difference in cost is not as great at it first seemed. To comment:

King’s Christian College is a non-denominational Christian school catering for Childcare and Preschool through to Year 12. We are one of the most affordable schools on Queensland’s Gold Coast and provide a well-rounded education for young people who desire the opportunity to lay the foundation for a successful life. Come for a visit and see the King’s difference. 68 Gemvale Rd Reedy Creek Qld 4227 07 5593 4600

About Stephen Wruck Marketing and Community Relations Manager Number of years at school: 3+ School Type: Private About Kings Christian College We are a modern school (founded in 1980) strongly grounded in Christian principles. We are co-educational, non-denominational and provide schooling from Prep (5 years old) to Year 12. We also have a child care centre and preschool on campus. We are located on a single 27 acre campus in the middle of the Gold Coast. Students and Teachers There are quite a number of South African families at King’s. We also have 7 or so South African teachers

A final piece of general advice from Stephen…. There are business and social networks set up on the Gold Coast for South African families. I have been told that joining these is very beneficial as families new to Australia can learn from the experience of those who have faced the same issues previously. 68 Gemvale Road Reedy Creek QLD 4227 P: +617 5593 4600 E:

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Your Schools Some of our readers share their schools with new immigrants or those looking for a new school - Thanks readers!

Queensland St Francis Xavier, Runaway Bay

Genesis Christian College, Warner

Students and Teachers

State/Private: Private

I know of two South African teachers who have sent their children to St Francis school and they teach at other schools which says a lot.

Students and Teachers We have a large South African

State/Private Catholic

student body and quite a few South African teachers. Our Principle is Mr Brian Barker, also an ex South African who has been teaching in Australia for 20 years.

Reason this is the best School

Reason this is the best School:

St Francis Xavier is a primary school, “the school that really cares”. The reason why it’s the best school is because it has a dynamic Principal Peter Anderson and Vice Principal Ronnie Wilson. They really care about the whole child. Academics and social standing; physical and soul. They instill a really caring attitude in the children and make them aware of other children around them. The children are proud of their school. They encourage children to be the best that they can possibly be. When we arrived on the Gold Coast, after living in New Zealand for 11 years, where Nick our son went to St John’s in Mairangi Bay Auckland, Great school. Well I had a look at a number of schools private and Catholic, we chose a private school purely on appearance.” It had all the bells and whistles, glitz and glamour”. The children are perfectly groomed, not a hair out of place. Boy were we fooled, my outgoing popular 9 year old, was totally traumatized by the experience, he went from an outgoing happy boy to a dithering withdrawn depressed child, who got totally nauseas even when we drove past the school. So do not be fooled by appearances. Liz Kinchin (Parent)

Emmanuel College, Gold Coast State/Private Christian private Students and Teachers Over one-hundred South African students in the high school section alone, and a few South African staff . Reason this is the best School

The college promotes good Christian morals and values as well as a true feeling of community brought about by courtesy and discipline, something familiar and comforting for a South African. If you’re looking for a school to help you feel at home, then Emmanuel is the closest you can get.

Christopher Da Silver (student) 12

Genesis is a private school and goes from Prep to Year 12. There is also an Early Learning Centre on the campus called Little Genesis which caters for children from 6 weeks to Kindy. Our school is the best as it has solid Christian values and discipline is similar to what we were used to in SA. The kids are taught accountability and responsibility and respect. The staff are caring and have a love for the kids that I have not found in State schools. I changed my kids from State schools to Genesis 18 months ago. My daughter who was in Year 10 was really not happy about moving, but after a few months, she settled in to the new school and now says she would never go back to a state school. She is enjoying her school life and looks forward to going to school everyday as does my son in Grade 3.

Carol Kesson (Parent)

St Dympna’s Primary School, Aspley State/Private Private Catholic school Students and Teachers 6 families in my sons Prep class alone

Reason this is the best School:

- Great community values - Strong ethics - Lots of family involvement - Extra learning assistance to children who need it - Creative learning - Welcomes and embraces different cultures - Promotes respect for each other  My son has really come alive since starting Prep and is excited everyday about going to school. The school has embraced him and he has embraced it.

Tracey Price (Parent)

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Victoria Donvale Christan College, Melbourne State/Private Private Students and Teachers Many South African students but no teachers Reason this is the best School

It is a private school, but it is much better than a state school. It feels like the public school I went to in South Africa. I like this school because we are all kinda together and when you get stuck with the English there is always a South African near by to help you out. The school has Christian values which I find important and it is not forced on you, or not too much... so it’s good, I love the school and I recommend it strongly :)

Carla Snyman (student)

The Knox School Melbourne State/Private Private Students and Teachers At least two ex South Africans on staff. One a teacher, the other our wonderful careers counsellor. We also have students from South Africa who chose this school because they said it was so similar to one they had back home. Reason this is the best School

I am responding to your email plea for people to nominate the best school. Our School is in the cool, leafy eastern suburbs of Melbourne. The school is small and it’s friendly. All the staff know each student by name. We only have 800 students right through from kindergarten to Year 12. Best of all, it has a wonderful community spirit.

Barrye Dickinson (School Representative)

South Australia Mitcham Girls High School Unley, Adelaide State/Private State School(Good fees) Students and Teachers Not too sure how many South Africans there are, but a very multicultural school. No SA Teachers(That I know of)

Reason this is the best School

I think its the best because it’s a Girls only school(One of only 2 state girls schools in SA the rest are all private) and also being a State school they still have very high values and no boys on the scene mean the girls pay more attention to their studies. They have great facilities and the Headmistress takes pride in her school. I drive 13 kms out of my way each day to take my daughter to this school and it takes her an hour to get home on the bus and its worth it says my daughter, who could go to a high school 20 minutes up the road, but not a very nice place. Suzanne Weston (Parent)

New South Wales Pacific Hills Christian School in Dural, Sydney Private/Public Private Christian School Reason this is the best School:

With small class sizes and loads of personal attention. It consists of a Prep, Junior, Middle and Senior School. I run the SA Mums of Pacific Hills club - we currently have 32 Saffers families at the school. 5 of the top teachers of the school are also South African. The school achieves fantastic results every year with the national maths, science, languages and literacy tests. If you want your kids to have a top, Christian education at a reasonable price you should consider us. My boys have been attending for 2 years now, currently in Year 1 and 3 and loving it. Annie De Villiers (Parent)

Private vs Public:

While I have had kids in private and government schools - newly arrived Africans should take time to research both of these types of schools - matching the child to the school. I have had mixed experiences with both my children. I recently withdrew my daughter from one of Adelaide’s most exclusive private girls-only schools and moved her to the local government school where she is finally learning some maths. Don’t assume that if you pay over the top for it that it will be good. There is a huge amount of snobbery about schooling in Aus (funny, these are usually the people don’t ask what Uni you went to). Similarly, there is a strong tradition of good government schooling here and some of it is still around (but not all are good). Do your homework and don’t feel bad if you can’t afford private school - just make sure its in a reasonable area and your kids will be fine. Gail Fairlamb (Parent) If I could give South Africans advice about choosing schools here it would be to really do your homework, look at what the school has to offer, what their values are. The choice also depends on your financial situation as private schools are not cheap. Not all Private schools are good either, so speak to people, other parents and if you can, to the students themselves. The debate between Private vs State schools is also a personal one. There are some great State schools out there as well as some really badly run private schools. My opinion is that generally speaking, private schools are better.Carol Kesson (Parent)

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Our family travels in Kenya continues from Issue Eight...Heading towards the rift valley lakes we

stopped off in Nairobi for a feast second to none. The kids marvelled at the quantum of food served up at the Carnivore Restaurant. Countless varieties and cuts of meat keep streaming in until you finally lower your flag on the table to indicate ‘enough, I simply cannot eat anymore’. Arriving mid-afternoon at Lake Naivasha, Rift Valley Lodge delivers unexpected pleasures. A cool breeze brushes over the lodge as we sit back and take in the spectacle across the plains and hills.

From the time we arrived I got the feeling the kids were more welcome than we were. Nothing specific, just a feeling. From the lodge we set off for a day in Lake Nakuru National Park. Wow! Not only are there thousands of greater and lesser flamingo spread across this saline lake but the game is really impressive. We drove from sighting to sighting, where we saw a leopard with a cub, perched up in fever trees to keep safe from a pride of lions down below. Rhino and buffalo munching on the floodplains and an abundance of zebra, waterbuck and other antelope. Countless giraffe, the rare Rothschild’s variety with such beautiful markings. The kids’ game and bird list is bursting and every now and then a squabble breaks out over how many of these or those we have seen. Back at Great Rift Valley Lodge in the afternoon there is a knock on the door. Pole and Sara are there to collect Chad and Dayna to go to the ‘Adventurers Club’.


Staying at the lodge makes them automatic members and off they go for hours of fun learning to bush track, make traditional crafts, swim and generally go Masai. We enjoyed a relaxing and peaceful afternoon until two very excited but very exhausted youngsters arrive back at the room with stories by the dozen. Long before they finish relating all their experiences, their exhaustion and a huge dinner have lulled them into dreamland. If we had not been so laid back ourselves in the afternoon the rolling fairways of the golf course would have certainly ensured we rested equally well. Before breakfast a refreshing boat cruise on the sweet waters of Lake Naivasha rewards the early risers with close-up views of grunting hippo and thousands of birds of countless species. After a hearty breakfast we set off for the famous Masai Mara Reserve. Soon after we arrive at Siana Springs, where we will stay for the night, I see some of the staff have their eyes firmly set on the children. Guess what? More Adventurers’ Club! Another afternoon of learning bush skills, Masai tricks and fun is in store.

Soon JJ their “adventure meister” had them leopard crawling, stalking bushbuck and making their way through the obstacle course. Not that we needed it but they also learned to make fire the ‘Masai way’ and their own bow and arrow (that thankfully never worked too well). The Siana Springs tented camp lies in a forest so there are birds galore. Camp is busy with game too, tree hyrax, bushbuck and a trouble of banded mongoose. Yes I joke not; the collective name for a group of mongoose is a ‘trouble’. Watch them for a while and you will understand their collective name. Before setting off on our morning game drive we visit a Masai Village. First the young moran advise the terms, then we are off to meet the elders. A grave session of gooping at one another and our new escort (whose name was ‘just too hard’) translating a few questions and answers. Then it’s into the dung schmattered grounds of the kraal. The snot crusted kids are the best. We call them doughnuts, like the glazed ones. They stand and stare at you seeming quite unfussed by the host of flies that adorn them. The ladies generally ignore us until they are summoned to line up and pose for photos before doing a little song and dance routine. The young warrior age men are the last stop. Having explained their way of life and shown us around their kraal with animated enthusiasm it is now time for business. You don’t get to go anywhere until you have bought at least a few items from their well crafted and colourful selection. Shopping tip: Prices start real high, show interest but walk in mock shock when you hear them, revisit later when you have seen all and suggest very low offers. Finally select items from a number of different sellers, bargain hard collectively for them and never ever show any big notes or you will leave without them. Don’t let the kids loose here or they will have a dozen items planted in their hands, done deal. In the next issue I will share some further delights of our journey as we experience the wildlife spectacle of the Masai Mara Reserve and travel north-west crossing the equator into the northern districts and the Samburu areas of Laikipia and Lewa. Among other things standing with one foot in each hemisphere, riding camels across the African plains and meeting, and bottle feeding, Lulu, an orphaned black rhino calf.

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This is 9 year old Mercy’s story and how you may be able help. Story by Donna Payne Mercy started her life in poverty and abuse on 20th August 1999. Mercy’s early years consisted of her parents being both physically and emotionally abusive and by the age of 5 years old the violence led her to the streets of Thika, Kenya in the hope of finding a “real home”. Mercy then contracted an eye infection which resulted in her having her left eye removed. Since then Mercy has lived at Shelter Children’s Home with one eye and the open socket where her left eye once was. I first had the privilege of meeting Mercy late in 2007 while volunteering with orphaned and vulnerable children in Kenya. While Mercy and I bonded instantly, she is typically a very introverted, self conscious and timid, however very loving and quite happy little girl who would like to become a teacher. Unfortunately a lot of Mercy’s insecurities and introverted personality is due to her feeling “different” from missing her eye. Kenya is a developing nation and Mercy is a destitute child there. Kenya has no Medicare system and Shelter Children’s Home often struggles to even feed the children. As soon as I met Mercy it was so overwhelmingly apparent what courage and strength this little girl has and what an amazing change to life a prosthetic eye would be. I pledged to myself from this moment that Mercy WILL HAVE HER EYE! Progress to Date: An Ocularist Specialist by the name of Trevor Dorahy has unbelievably and kindly donated his services to make Mercy a new eye. I was absolutely speechless and am still teary when I think of how this wonderful man was so willing to help a little girl he has never met and only heard about from an email I sent. This world is full of miracle makers! “Mercy is getting her eye for Christmas” Where to from here? We need to pull all resources possible and move mountains to get enough funding to get Mercy and her guardian from the Orphanage here for the duration. Our main expenses are Airfares from Kenya to Brisbane for Mercy and her guardian Mary, accommodation for the duration (7-10 days), all Meals, transport (Hire miniVan) On our wish list: • To be able to take Mercy to some of the Queensland Theme Parks • Take Mercy shopping and buy her some basic but brand new clothes • Spending Money • A daytrip to see some of Brisbane and the surrounds How can you help? We would sincerely hope that you can forward this request to your friends, family and most importantly to any company out there that would be willing to contribute a donation or offer services to assist in getting Mercy to Australia for life changing treatment. We appreciate every assistance possible. A receipt can be issued for donations made if required. To make a donation contact: Donna Payne C/- NAB Business Banking Centre Box Hill 0438 377 239 Sabona: Issue Nine 15

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Review: VW EOS

If Al Gore is to be believed, then the humble car is to blame for all this ‘Global Warming’ business. And while we should all be

at home with our chemistry sets discovering new ways to run our cars on leftovers, I’d far rather be outside enjoying the warm. And to make the most of it, I’ll need a convertible. Now, convertibles have always had an Achilles heel. Most convertibles start out life as a coupe. This then gets its head chopped off and becomes very wobbly. The engineers counteract the wobbliness with miles of additional welding making the car very heavy. Add a few motors and a folding roof and what you end up with is a lazy Dugong, rather than a breezy sports car. So the correct way to make a convertible would have to be to design it, literally, from the ground up. And that’s exactly what Volkswagen has done with the Eos. For instance, the biggest problem with convertibles in general is the complete lack of boot space with the roof down. To show the lengths Volkswagen have gone to, they have actually designed their own luggage, in the form of 2 elongated suitcases, which fit perfectly under the folded-down roof, utilising every available ounce of storage space. The Eos, based on Volkswagen’s Concept C, adds a new dimension to the Volkswagen family and looks like a younger cousin to the much larger Phaeton. It has the same signature V-shaped grill present throughout the Volkswagen range and the styling is euro-elegant, front to back. The Eos has an aggressive stance, thanks to a wider than normal wheel base of 1.55 meters. This improves the handling and makes the open-top a safer


car to drive. Inside layout is typical Volkswagen, with an aesthetically pleasing finish.

All the peripherals are exactly where you’d expect to find them and every piece feels well made with the quality touch we’ve come to expect from Volkswagen. The Eos is the first car in the world to feature a five section hard top with an integrated sliding and tilting glass roof. Designed with the help of Webasto, the sunroof can be tilted or slid open; or the entire roof dispatched neatly into the boot in a respectable 25 seconds, using a stylish switch located in the centre console. All four windows can be easily operated simultaneously or independently, using the controls on the driver’s door. With the roof up, the Eos is as quiet as an Oxford library with wind noise only becoming vaguely noticeable at motorway speeds. Driving the Eos with the top down is very pleasant, with the front passengers able to have a normal conversation without raising their voices. Wind turbulence in the front is minimal and there is a wind deflector that can be opened and closed to improve the wind buffeting at the back. Our test Eos was powered by the same magnificent 2.0 litre, turbo charged, 4-cylinder engine found in the Golf GTi. Developing 147kW and 280Nm of torque, this brilliant power plant gets the Eos from standstill to 100km/h in an impressive 7.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 229 km/h. Coupled to this is Volkswagen’s spectacular twin-clutch DSG gearbox. This gives the Eos

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a fantastically smooth ride, keeping your consumption down when you’re just cruising, and lightning fast gear-changes when you’re not. The ride quality is better than you’d find in most other convertibles with a good compromise between comfort and handling. Convertible handling is almost never as good as their coupe counterparts however the Eos has done better than most, with the help of the rear multi-link independent suspension and the widened wheel track. The Eos exudes enough confidence to pull off the motorways and enjoy the scenic route instead. Features in the Eos are plentiful. DualAirbags, central locking, ESP, cruise control, automatic headlights, climate control and CD sound system are all standard. The Eos comes standard with 17” wheels and 235/45 tyres with the option to go up to 18” wheels. Park Distance Control is also standard but there is a good reason for that. We found that because the boot lid opens out over 400mm past the rear bumper when operating the folding-roof, if the PDC detects any obstruction, it flashes a warning on the MFC Display and halts the operation. In Australia, the VW Eos has almost no competition, with the closest being the Volvo C70 which is not as good looking, would depreciate faster and costs $18k more. Sure, all convertibles have their flaws. Getting into the Eos’ back seats can be undignified and we wished we didn’t have to hold down the roof switch the whole 25 seconds, but despite this, we were completely sold on the Eos. It’s a truly fantastic car, offering as much as competitors’ vehicles that cost twice as much. Priced at $52 290 the Eos is incredible value for money and with even a few add-ons falls just outside of the luxury tax threshold. So, what you’re actually getting from the Eos is a hard top convertible for soft top money. Review by ~ Ryan Broadfoot



4 cyl inline turbo petrol


Front transverse

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Design, Décor


A regular column by our local decorator, Deborah Atkins.

In each issue Deborah will address a decorating problem, so send in your questions and queries (photos will help too) and we will feature a solution in each issue. Transform your bedroom from wintery warmth into spring freshness Interiors should never be static and unchanging. Moods change, lifestyles evolve and seasons bring their own magic.

Tips for Beautiful Bedrooms: 1.

Always have some type of bedhead both for comfort when sitting in bed and for “crowning” or framing your bed. It acts as the back drop for your pillows and cushions.


Try using pillows and cushions asymmetrically instead of in pairs for a new relaxed look (see pics). Use different sized cushions together.


Change the way you stack your pillows. Piled one on top of the other for a more formal look (good for plain pillows) or upright for a more casual look and to show off pillow cases with a pattern. Mix plain pillows with patterned ones for more interest.


A bed that has bed linen in layers always looks inviting – a crisp top sheet folded back over the doona and a cozy throw at the foot of the bed make the weary feel very welcome and Cocooned.

Soft furnishings are the perfect way to shift your mood and suit the seasons. They can be changed relatively simply without incurring major expense and can result in a totally new look for your room. What better place to start the transformation than your haven, the bedroom? There’s nothing cozier in winter than to snuggle into a warm, soft bed and you can make it even more inviting with soft, faux fur or woolen throws and scatter cushions in a multitude of textures from pleated to feathered and fringed to furry. They may be the bane of our men’s lives as they have to remove them before getting into bed, but cushions artfully arranged on a bed can make a dull bedroom instantly glamorous. For winter, choose and mix warm, earthy colours like mochas and chocolate, rich golds, deep burgundies and warm olives. Think of hot chocolate, warm brandy and mulled wine for your inspiration. What better colour to choose for spring but green? It’s the colour of new shoots, fresh grass and tiny buds. The trick is to use a range of greens from lime to apple, instead of one solid shade and you can add a touch of orange, pink or yellow for contrast and extra colour infusion, if the mood takes you! So with our cold winter nights evolving into warmer, bright spring mornings, change your bed linen to suit the seasons and wake up to a totally fresh new look.

A warm winter bedroom look with chocolate doona cover, a fur throw and cushions in gold, olive and brown.

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All over the world there are South Africans searching high and low for lost family and friends. If you are looking for anyone please post a thread on the ‘Looking For’ section. has recently relaunched as a free social network and there are over 13,000 ‘Looking For’ posts. If you think you can help find any of the people listed below, please go to: and enter their name into the search box.

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Not sure of her married surname - we where very good friends - lost contact when she left for Australia and I left for USA Posted by: Barbara Steyn

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We were friends in primary school in Parkhurst, Johannesburg. She got married and moved to Australia (I think her married name was Feldman) and they had a daughter in 1996 called Danielle Posted by: Amanda Faithfull

Stayed in Jan Kempdorp during the 1970’s and should be 50 years of age now. His was born on 12 March 1958. Posted by: Eric Somers

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botha was michelle maiden name michelle lived in verity avenue in woodlands durban as a young girl lost contact with her would love to hear from her again. posted by: Sandra Lourens

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Alec Mc Minn ( Toff )

Toff lived in Greenwood Park and was friends with Barbara and Henry Blair. If anyone can help with information, it would be most appreciated. Toff is presently living in Australia. Posted by: Barbara Isaacs

Used to teach with me at Mgwenya College in Kanyamazane near Nelspruit from 1989-1993. She then moved to Pretoria and later to Bloemfontein. Not sure if she’s still there. Last heard from her by letter in about 2004. Posted by: LINDY FENEYSEY

Gail/Alan Berriman (de Gouveia)

My old school friend Gail emigrated to Australia more than 10 years ago. Her E mail address has changed so have lost touch with her. If you have any details, i.e. family details, please pass it on. Posted by: Meryl Geldenhuys

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She was a teacher at Brits High between 19921996 Posted by: Annalise Jacobsz

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Moved to Australia in 1958.Lived in Geduld,Springs,7th Ave. He was known as “porky”and was the stepbrother of my mother,Martha Ethresia de Lange.I believe he got married just before he moved to Australia.He should be in his 70,s or so. Posted by: Raymond DE LANGE

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South African Degustation Dinners The South African Degustation Dinners came to an end last month, attracting a full house at each night. Two at Kenmore Restaurant Lilyfields and an extra night at the Red Hill Restaurant, Olivetto’s. Everyone had a wonderful time. The dinners are always a favourite amongst ex pats hungry for a taste of “home” as well as attracting curious Aussies willing to try a taste of Africa. Thanks to organiser Kim Newsham for these photos from the dinners.

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So You Want to Be a Vet? What’s it like being a vet? How do you train to be a vet? These are questions I am frequently asked. And while it’s a popular career aspiration, the reality is that it is a very hard career. Hard to get into university for, hard to stay in university and hard work once you’re qualified!! Vets look after the health and well-being of animals. Not only do we diagnose, treat and prevent animal disease and injury, but we’re trained in all aspects of the general management of animals. Working in private practice also requires a variety of management and business skills. Veterinarians must learn to be good communicators (while our patients are animals, our clients are humans) and work well with others, including fellow vets, vet nurses, receptionists and administrators.

Veterinary science is not only a career, but a lifestyle. Veterinarians work hard and long and we must also keep up with developments in the field through continuing education and training. Most of Australia’s approximately 8,100 veterinarians work in private practices. Nowadays it is common that many practices limit their work to certain types of animals e.g. horses or small animals, whilst some vets also go on to do further study to become specialists within a particular field, for example orthopedic surgery or ophthalmology.. But vets also work in a large variety of other roles. Many veterinarians are employed by pharmaceutical and laboratory companies where they may be involved in research, product technical support or marketing. Other big employers of vets include the Government and Universities. Many zoos now also employ their own veterinarians, as do an increasing number of animal welfare organisations. So there is a very wide scope of directions that your career can take once you qualify as a vet. To become a vet you need a degree in veterinary science which takes around five years to complete. Australia has six universities offering undergraduate veterinary science courses: University of Sydney (NSW), University of Queensland, University of Melbourne (VIC), Murdoch University (WA), Charles Stuart University (NSW) and James Cook University (QLD). Approximately 400 students graduate each year from the veterinary schools. Competition for places is intense. Entry is restricted by a quota system and selection is based mainly on your final school exam mark and it is an advantage to have done well in mathematics, physics and chemistry. The universities have differing entry requirements and limited places are available to mature students and some offer limited special entry to those with some educational disadvantage at school, or to students from rural areas. The course is demanding, you will need high motivation, an interest and competence in science and an interest in the health and welfare of animals. To practice after graduating from University, vets must be registered by a State Veterinary Surgeons Board in the state you wish to work.

Never become a vet for the glamour nor the money. While vet fees may seem costly with your pet, the reality is that this is because of the high cost of medical supplies, equipment and facilities. Vets do not earn a particularly high salary especially compared to similarly qualified professionals and considering the hours worked. Your heart must truly be in it otherwise the constant emotional strains and heavy work load will quickly get you down – there are many sad, frustrating and upsetting situations we face on a daily basis. But the joy of healing a sick animal and helping a person’s best friend get better make it all worthwhile at the end of the day. ~ Dr Kevin Cruickshank To comment on this article:


About Dr Kevin Cruickshank Dr Kevin Cruickshank BVSc, BSc(Hons), a South African trained (Onderstepoort) and qualified vet living and practising in Australia Kevin grew up in South Africa and trained as a vet at Onderstepoort. After practicing in South Africa and the UK, he moved to Australia 4 years ago and, together with his wife Fiona, now owns and runs Gold Coast Vet Surgery. Kevin focuses his attention on dogs, cats and small pets and has a special interest in oncology (cancer) and geriatric pet care, as well as skin and ear complaints.

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It dawned on me that the outlaws had left when I noticed that the recycle bin was less than half full of empty bottles on collection day and my tapeworm has been very restless of late. It was sad to say good buy to the ‘old tops’ as the house feels strangely empty but looks like a cyclone moved through it over the weekend and no international relief aid evident this morning. Last week included some historical events in our family beginning with the discovery of a chicken egg in the chook cage. Considering the bantam’s egg was easily as large as one found in the jumbo pack at the supermarket I have my suspicions that she has either been struggling over the last few weeks to dilate her sphincter or Oupa had a quiet chuckle to himself on the plane home. Next was Keal who lost his first tooth for which the tooth mouse paid handsomely. The weekend had us down the Gold Coast where we stopped at the South African shop to buy the essentials like, Mrs Balls, Rooibos, savannahs, mielie meal, Pronutro, white Easter eggs and some droe wors. Then it was up Tamborine Mountain where we had a lovely rainforest walk and a visit to the local museum before lunch at Thunderbird Park. Living with a wife on a detox diet is not something the marriage counselling class covers. The diet usually begins on a Monday morning with an excited eagerness until the sugarless black rooibos is put on the bedside table. The initial frown is soon replaced with a motivated smile and after the first sip turns into a wince of disgust. Note it is not a good time to recommend botox as the wrinkled frown remains while she picks her way through fruit, boiled meals and glasses of water. Also be careful that some cheerful motivation could also be mistaken for a sadistic comment as she manages her headache without the aid of modern medicine. A life threatening move is to crack open an ice cold beer at the end of the day. All her sacrifice and suffering was rewarded on Friday night with a girl’s night out in Manly where I’m sure she made work of topping up all her levels for this week’s diet.

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Our family experienced several firsts this weekend, beginning with my first appearance at touch rugby on Friday night, which I still feel in my thigh muscles today. The next was Tyle’s rugby team winning their first game this season playing at Ballymore where he scored a try and received the ‘Man of the match’ award. We walked off the McDonalds lunch in the Mt Cootha National Park which has spectacular views over Brisbane River and city. On Sunday we were up early preparing to make our Australian debut at church. We dragged the boys to the cute little Anglican Church up the road. A combination of death threats and bribery of sweets had the boys sitting quietly through the service. The church was full of the typical congregation of old folks looking to get a last minute visa to heaven and some young families hoping their children will be guided down the straight and narrow remembering most of the Ten Commandments by their 21st birthdays. Keal coughed and sniffed his way through the first part of the service bringing on much excitement when a sneeze produced a pair of mucus stalactites. The boys where rewarded for good behaviour at the local Scout fair where they participated in all the usual money making rackets disguised behind charity banners. The sausage sizzle, tombola, candy floss, white elephant, luck dip, tea and scones was enjoyed by all.

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Are our stars playing too much rugby?

The rugby season seems to get longer and longer, February to December for some players. In a high contact sport where the public demands high quality games, is this asking too much from the players? This will certainly start testing the depth of some nations and without a shadow of a doubt New Zealand comes up trumps in this department. They have recently lost over 20 players to Europe but still managed to win the Tri Nations. In the Super 14 their teams tend to finish higher on the ladder than the Australian and South African franchises. But it will continue as TV dictates the rugby schedules catering for the international mass market.

The Boks are frustrating

Newly appointed coach Robbie Deans was recently quoted on M Net Supersport saying “South Africa has the best raw talent, best stadiums and amazing passion for the game. If this could be harnessed they would be unbeatable. The Boks are big, fast and aggressive but lack in the strategy and skills areas.” I could not agree more, the present crop of South African players has the potential to be a truly outstanding team and do what no other team has done before, win two consecutive World Cups and the first to win the William Webb trophy three times. Whether they get there with the management issues, bad coaching, too much biff and not enough finesse! But their biggest issue is mental. When ‘the’ team arrives on the field they are devastating as seen by the recent 50 point drubbing of the Wallabies.

Australian rugby schools versus South African schools

Who is stronger? Having coached in both systems, I would say the South Africans. Schools like Affies, Monument, Kes, Paarl Gym, Dale, Nelspruit and DHS have fine rugby pedigrees. In Australia the strength is mainly in Sydney and Queensland with schools like Joeys, Southport, Churchies, Nugdies, Riverview, Waverley and St Edmunds from Canberra an exception, leading the way. But who cares as it is the greatest game for schoolboys, a position for every body shape, the rugby network is awesome later in life and there is the pride of being an old boy from school with a great rugby tradition.

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Indaba THE COMMUNITY FOR SOUTH AFRICANS IN BRISBANE The Africa Club of Queensland has been functioning for many years and is primarily a social vehicle for folk with links to Africa. Members range from new arrivals, people who have been here 20+years, and those just passing through. We have family, single and country members that encompass all age groups. We meet socially, the last Friday of every month and arrange a variety of family outings and events during the year. Our focus is to look forward, accept and become part of our new country with optimism, while not forgetting our past, our traditions, families and loved ones that may be very far from us. We willingly assist new arrivals to assimilate into Australia, and any member of our committee may be contacted in this regard. Don’t miss out, get connected, stay informed, use our network of immigrants and don’t miss out on our Social Functions – braaivleis, rugby, sunny skies and more. At our club, everyone with an African interest is most welcome. See you at: West Brisbane Bulldogs Rugby Club Memorial Park, 65 Sylvan Road Toowong. (between the Regatta Hotel & the Milton Rd junction) And there’s more: • A South African barmaid to serve drinks • Boerewors rolls and other South African food on sale • Plenty of parking • Children friendly (there’s a large park adjacent to the clubhouse) To join our monthly email newsletter, please send your name and email address to: and stay connected with updates of our next function. THE AFRICA CLUB OF QUEENSLAND is a not-for-profit organisation.

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BRISBANE RIVERFIRE 2008 Featuring Brisbane’s biggest and most spectacular fireworks display, QBE Riverfire transforms our city into a massive celebration, as hundreds of thousands of people pack the banks of the Brisbane River and come together in backyards across the suburbs. At the Captain Burke Park below the Story Bridge, thousands of expat South Africans joined the crowds. Eyes are riveted to the sky, while feet are tapping on the ground during the stunning choreographed fireworks display. And then, the ultimate crowd pleaser as the RAAF F1-11 strike jets sweep low over the city before performing their ‘dump and burn’. This is a spectacular event and free to attend. It is estimated that around a thousand South Africans attended this year’s event.

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About The Africa Club of Queensland The Africa club has grown it’s membership again this year, always finding more new arrivals and old hands to help them settle in and enjoy their new Australian lives. We also have some Aussie & English members coming along to our meetings. If you have a non-South African partner, please bring them along. They are most welcome at our club. Here are a few photos of some of our members during the recent Riverfire event. Lots of fun was to be had, new friendships were made and old ones rekindled. People from all over Queensland attended. From the Sunshine Coast right down to the Gold Coast. The Afrikaanse Klub also “piekniek” at the same spot, so you are sure to find someone there just like you. Send us your photos to go up on our website.

Debbie, Marcia Mattushek and Lorraine Blake

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Morné Barnes, Emily Gower and Nina Barnes

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Where are your Roots? Greetings and welcome to all South Africans recently arrived in Australia! The following article was published in 2006 in the South African Magazine in Perth (Author Unknown). It is an interesting article written by a recent arrival offering their thoughts on settling in their new country. We hope readers enjoy the sentiments expressed in this article. Are you a new Australian or an old South African? What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you sing “Die Stem” with enthusiasm? Do you still seek answers, apologies, reasons of contentment about what side of the water your roots are planted? Your roots grew in SA and bore fruit. Whenever you remember the Great Trek you are encouraged to plant new trees on new land. You cannot chop down a tree above ground and transplant it and expect it to grow. You need the roots to enable it to grow. It is not going to work leaving bits behind in SA. In other words, we need to pack up everything, including our roots, to plant them again in a place where we want them to grow. A tree gets hurt when moved around and the older the tree, the more difficult it becomes to remove the entire root when transplanting it.


We humans are just like trees. Some people find the change very difficult and take a long time to adjust into their new land – others, whose roots were small when transplanted here, grow more quickly and flourish. Then there are those that just cut the tree above ground and try to establish it in a new environment. They may be fooling themselves into believing that they have done the job properly. These people struggle to stand up right and integrate into their new society. Many of this group returns to SA to find their roots. It is not a fault nor is it a wrong decision to go back. It is entirely up to you, the individual, to find where you will be happy and where you want to be. Now I ask you the question? Where are your roots? If you drink Aussie water are you classified as a “mate”? We are living in a new culture now where we have to fit in, understand the way of life and conform. We made choices and should strive to fit into this culture. I know there are enough of us already transplanted to Oz which would enable us to form our own small Republic of South Africa, but is this feasible and is it the answer? My family has been in Australia for 2 years. We, like every other immigrant experienced highs and lows in our expectations. We listened to stories and took bits and pieces

of advice from here and there. It is a difficult transition, often compared to a ‘roller coaster’ ride of mixed feelings and emotions, trying to adapt to a new culture. But what we found out during our time here is that you are the only one who can control your emotions, and therefore, you are able to manage your survival; you can reach the depths of despair or you can reach for the sunshine. Until you manage to take control of your emotions you will be swinging on the wind. I grasped my opportunities to make life bearable. My roots have been uplifted, transplanted and nurtured, as we embrace our new culture in this land of Kangaroos and ‘Mate’s’. South Africa where we grew up provided good training and will always remain in our hearts and minds. We must not get trapped by the past but rather grasp our new opportunities with joy. I am happy and know that this is where I want to be, now, and in the future. It took time. For many others it might take less time, maybe much more time, but here in Australia there are wonderful people who will befriend and support you. We should embrace our wonderful surroundings and make the most of what our new country offers us.

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What you need to know about EMPLOYMENT Downunder

By Costa Brehas

Unlike the position in South Africa, employment relationships in Australia are heavily regulated. Any South African who intends to become an employer or an employee in Australia should be aware of the general employment arrangements in Australia which are outlined below.

Minimum entitlements

The primary legislation that regulates employment relationships in Australia is the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (“the Act”). It enshrines five minimum employment entitlements which can not be signed away and relate to minimum wages; annual leave; personal leave; carer’s leave; parental leave and maximum ordinary hours of work. The Act will be amended from 1 January 2010 and will, amongst other matters, introduce 10 National Employment Standards (“NES”) which will replace the above minimum entitlements. With the exception of minimum wages, the NES will include most of the entitlements listed above (with minor changes) and will introduce further entitlements to matters such as redundancy pay; long service leave; the right to request flexible working arrangements; community service leave and public holidays.

Additional regulation Generally speaking, employment relationships in Australia will also be governed by at least one or more of the following: ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪

Awards Workplace Agreements Common law agreements State and Federal legislation

These are informal agreements that are entered into if no Award regulates the employment relationship. They can also be entered into if an Award applies but can not alter the provisions of that Award (i.e. they can only supplement it).

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The term “Award” in an employment context in Australia has nothing to do with giving prizes or certificates for a person’s achievements. Instead, it is a term used to describe a decision of a body known as the Australian Industrial Relations Commission or its state counterpart (“AIRC”). An Award is a document containing terms and conditions of employment and is given legal effect by the AIRC. There are also State Awards which apply only to certain states of Australia. Awards regulate a number of matters including overtime pay; penalty rates for working on weekends and public holidays, allowances, shift loadings etc.

Workplace Agreements

Common Law Agreements

In addition to the above, there is a range of state and federal legislation dealing with matters such as discrimination, privacy rights, long service leave, superannuation and health and safety. The realm of employment law in Australia is very different to that in South Africa. It is an area that will impact on most South Africans who come to Australia and it is vital that they understand its workings. Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is not legal advice and should not be relied upon as legal advice.

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Workplace Agreements are legal documents which need to comply with certain formalities to be effective. They enable employers and employees to change the operation of an Award provided that they do not disadvantage the employee.

Costa practised as an attorney and conveyancer in South Africa and is currently engaged as a Senior Associate in the Employment and Workplace Relations department of Hunt & Hunt which has a national presence throughout Australia.

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ENTHUSIASM Makes All The Difference We have just enjoyed watching the wonderful Olympic spectacle in Beijing and it was fantastic to watch the myriad of emotions of the athletes both when winning and losing.

Colin Mackie Each athlete was different in appearance and attitude; some were aggressive and others had a more laidback approach. Some who were

determined to take home a medal and others were just delighted to have reached this level of competition; the memory of having competed on the world stage enough to have given their life some significance. But they did all possess one thing in common and that was ENTHUSIASM. They were excited and keyed-up sufficiently to give their particular event 120% effort. The winners all were focusing on winning, whether quietly inside their hearts or bravely enough to proclaim their dream to the media. There is the very rare occasion when someone wins accidentally; when the other competitors crash or break a mast and the tail-ender rushes past to claim the medal. I wonder if these people have the same pride in their win than those who reach the winning post by their own effort? In life generally, and in business particularly, the common denominator of real success is also ENTHUSIASM. Very few people become successful by accident. To be successful requires specific goals, a specific time and a dogged determination to succeed. These attributes are welded together with ENTHUSIASM. The word ENTHUSIASM comes from the Greeks. They saw a person who was displaying ENTHUSIASM as someone possessed by fire, some one who generated heat and infected others with the fire in his belly.


Below is a short piece that I use in Attitude Alteration workshops and it is designed to be read aloud. Feel the words, add emphasis and emotion and you will find that your ENTHUSIASM is growing and you too can feel the heat.


"This guy could sell snow to the Eskimos." "He would sell his grandmother if he could get away with it." We've all heard someone described this way. And whoever said it probably believes it. They have just met someone who radiates and infects those around him with “belief”. Is this person a confidence trickster or a liar? Or is he someone fired with the power of enthusiasm? “ENTHUSIASM SELLS”: it sells ideas, products, beliefs, ideals, concepts and commitment. It is the engine of commerce and change. Sometimes we meet someone who is so fired up and confident in what they are saying that they create a desire in others to get some of this heat … this intoxicant that lifts them from the mediocre to the brilliant. We know politicians who have had this power; not always for the good of mankind, but people who have used this power to change the world. Would Hitler have turned ordinary, law-abiding people into race-hating individuals without the power of enthusiasm? Would Churchill have rallied Great Britain to stand firmly behind him in the face of a huge and powerful

war machine without the fire of his enthusiasm which was stimulated by desperation? Definitely not. Do you get stimulated by a boring, dull, conservative, bland person regardless of the truth of what they say? Or, do you just fall asleep in apathetic disinterest?

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Oh the Place’s You Will Go Catherine Palin Brinkworth

Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. Dr Seuss.

Catherine Palin-Brinkworth It’s supposed to be a children’s poem - but it’s perfect for we larger beings too, don’t you think? And so it is with education and learning. Rightly, we focus tremendous energy on creating the best learning environment for our children. The mental, physical and emotional development that takes place in their early years will be imprinted for life, and it is our responsibility as their careers and guardians, whether they are biologically our children or not, to gift the best possible Ad forthem Sabona foundation. It matters to me, and I am sure to you, that children One eighth page everywhere are supported and nurtured. And I am continually reminded Horizontal that I too am still a child in so many ways. No matter how many wrinkles, bags and sags, hair or

lack of, we are all still babies, still in need of support and nurture.

And still so much in need of education and learning. Fortunately, life is designed to give us exactly that. How cool! I firmly believe, indeed I know from my own experience, that everything is a gift, full of lessons, if I will just take the time to discover them. If I can only put my ego down for long enough to look at what I might learn. Not always easy, but it makes school, sorry, life easier in the long run. I have a model I call the Personal Power Grid - it has personal responsibility and learning as its core, and helps us to understand the journey from tough times to treasure. If you’d like a copy of it, email me on catherine@

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But back to school. Someone once told me that the world is a classroom full of teachers, if I will bother to find out their particular wisdom. Interesting, isn’t it! It’s so easy to look and judge someone as different or uncomfortable even, when simple acknowledgement and acceptance can open a rich textbook full of learning. Abraham Lincoln is reported to have said “I really don’t like that man - I must get to know him better.” Such humility, courage and wisdom! Of course I may still decide I don’t want to be close - no matter how much learning I could do! Scott Washington, my Change Consultancy teacher many years ago, introduced me to the work of Robert Fritz, who writes on The Path of Least Resistance. Fritz says that the secret to achieving our goals always lies with our ability to hang out with tension; the ability to live through discomfort, and learn from it, while we remain committed to our goals. Those of you who, like me, have relocated countries certainly know that one. Learning is one of my very favourite things to do. It isn’t always comfortable. In fact we have an inner brain that is designed to preserve homeostatis, to ensure stability, so we actually have an inbuilt resistance to change, an inevitable result of learning. So I might not like it at the time. But I can always appreciate it afterwards.

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& the Art of Telling Tales! By Gretel Breytenbach

It all started with a party…. you know the kind most of us feel obliged to attend, because one of our friends has been so gracious to host one, for example Tupperware! (By the way, I am an avid lover of Tupperware!) For Penny Cooper it was an eye-opener. This animal-loving zoo-keeper went along and came to the conclusion that if there were an animal party plan, then that would be something she could truly enjoy! Three years ago, there weren’t any! “What an opportunity,” she thought, and six weeks later, in spite of having a full-time job, “Tribal Tails” was born. While this incarnation of the business is more recent, the original idea was to incorporate anything to do with animals, from T-shirts to pet products! Today’s Tribal Tails is slightly more sophisticated. While the original idea shaped the heart of the business, Penny realised that it needed a “niche”, hence the African Animal theme. Who doesn’t love African artefacts, especially the carved giraffes! It was also an area that Penny realised was hugely overpriced in Australia, as most of us African originals can testify to! Also acutely aware of problems around poaching in Africa, Penny realised that her business could create a win-win for the artisans who create the products as well as hugely benefiting the animals that she’d be able to sponsor through various animal charities. There’s a big one on the cards, BUT at the time of printing we still could not divulge who! What’s more is that Penny always had a dream to contribute in some way to the animals that she so loves and have brought her so much joy in her life. The 30 something business bombshell fell in love with the animal world at an early age. By the time she was 15, she had volunteered at numerous vet surgeries, and had done work experience at Taronga Zoo. Her favourite African animal by the way is the spotted hyena! When asked why, Penny’s face lights up and she regales one with stories of why they’re special, their strength, their family unity and their matriarchal society!

Above: Penny Cooper (Founder Tribal Tales) Top Right: Penny’s first love, her animals Bottom Right: Some of the many products available through Tribal Tales


Determined and inspired, Penny knew even then that animals would be her life! Her parents lovingly refer to her as Dr Doolittle, as her “gift” of communicating with the animals has been with her since childhood. Penny has had some very interesting adventures in the wildlife world, from working with gorillas at Taronga Zoo, to escorting the now-famous Polar Bears at Sea World from Canada on a gruelling 76 hour journey! Her adventures have taken her all over the world, and put her in some interesting positions. Like the time she fostered a beautiful lion cub called Felix!

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“Felix had a broken sternum,” recalls Penny. This required that he be in a comfortable position very much like a newborn baby in a pouch on Penny’s chest. He went everywhere with her, even shopping, while she covered him under a big jacket to avoid any unwanted attention! While currently Head Mammal Keeper at Dreamworld, Penny has also been Head Animal Technician at U.C. Berkeley in San Francisco and a keeper of the African Division at Perth Zoo.

Penny’s focus with Tribal Tails is to provide Australians with quality African Arts and Crafts, at reasonable prices, while providing an income for local Zimbabwean artisans. Her product is sourced directly from Zimbabwe by business associates Clement and Anna Dube. It’s proving to be a mutually rewarding endeavour, with the business being able to contribute in very real ways, both financially and in wildlife education. Penny’s passion is to conserve wildlife and educate people, and this is the Mission of Tribal Tails, without ever delving into politics! “I want people to know the stories behind the art and the animals,” she says. Tribal Tails hosts party plans very similar to Tupperware and is looking for consultants! The products range from hand-carved items to candles, photographs and beadwork. These are all products we know and love. To me they are beautiful reminders of what’s special about my other “home”. For more information about Tribal Tales, please contact Penny on 0408 2128 92 or Gretel on 0433 883 006 To comment: Sabona: Issue Nine


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Philip Scott National SBN Coordinator

Anyone who knows me would have to agree that I’m probably the most positive and optimistic person ... well that I know anyway! So you’ll forgive me for thinking that while we’re in a time of global financial turmoil, where developers are struggling, interest rates are high, 10,000 people a day in the US are losing their houses and the stock market seems exceptionally volatile and unpredictable, there are still so many opportunities to be found outside of the box! Having said that, I’m working longer hours than I’ve ever worked! No wonder my wife questions my ability to earn a dollar :) It seems that one of my “downfalls” is that I do TOO MUCH. No that’s not working TOO HARD, it’s just having too many fingers in too many pies! That begs the question: what exactly constitutes too many fingers (or too many pies for that matter). I’ve noticed so many of us at our business networking breakfasts around the country wear a number of hats (each representing a different pie for those who didn’t make the connection!). I have noticed through the years that many of my “successful” friends and acquaintances seem to be very focused on just one business or product. So why is it that we don’t all just stay “focused”? To me, one has to start with what it means to be “focused”. In my opinion that does not mean focused on just one product or business, but rather to be focused on your ultimate goal, the reason you’re doing it in the first place. If you consider that then I’m exceptionally focused. I do believe that everything I do supports my goals. Every business venture I embark on supports every other in one way or another. Well that’s the plan anyway! I have to agree without a doubt that I work the ridiculous hours I do (I average around 80 to 90 a week) because I do “too much”. And sure, maybe I could be earning more by working those same hours as a labourer, not that I could physically sustain that! I’d have some great muscle definition no doubt, but I’d have no passion for it! There are so many conflicting messages out there, so you have to be true to yourself and accept life as what it should be (in my opinion), a journey of discovery! I’m extremely passionate about what I do and enjoy every part of it immensely. The only thing I don’t like is paying tax! So is it better to “focus” on just one business or product? Maybe, but it’s just not in me to even try. If you have some evidence to prove me wrong then let me know your opinion! What do you think is best? One finger in one pie, or many fingers in many pies? To comment on this article:

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Internet Marketing Google Advertising Part 3 Shane Leite

In this issue we are going to discuss Keyword Research.

Keyword research is by far the most important item when doing any form of Internet Marketing. In any industry, there are a number of keywords and keyword variations to consider. However, there are elements relating to each of these keywords we need to consider. One of the elements to consider is the keyword’s “commercial intent”. A keyword’s “commercial intent” is the probability of the keyword having commercial value. What I mean by that is, when people search the internet, they start with research or information gathering keywords. These searched keywords are typed into search engines to find out more about a product or service. There is no “commercial” value in these keywords, these are research type phrases. Let’s look at an example. We may be looking for a product to boost or

increase energy, our keyword would then be “increase energy”. During our search, this keyword would present us with products that could increase energy. The probability of buying during this phase is low to none. After reading reviews, prices and recommendations we find the product called “inositol”. We then type “inositol buy” in the search engine, to find inositol products to buy. The probability of us buying a product now is high. From this example, “increase energy” would have low commercial intent and “inositol buy” would have a high commercial intent. So when we use paid advertising such as Google Adwords, we want to focus on keywords that have high commercial intent. In other words, keywords that will maximise our return on investment. Every industry is different, however, Microsoft have developed a free tool called Online Commercial Intent, OCI for short (see

Commercial-Intention/Default. aspx). This tool helps us analyse the commercial intent value of a keyword. The next step is to find and choose your keywords that you are going to bid on in Google. There are many keyword research tools available on the internet. However, when creating your first campaign, I suggest using the free Google Keyword tool. To use this tool, log into your Google Adwords account, click on Campaigns, click on Tools and select Keyword Tool. I’m going to leave you on that note. Next issue we will discuss the different ways you can bid on your keywords in Google. For now, start finding those keywords, and if you have any questions, head over to if you have any questions. To comment on on this article:

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ONLY IN AUS PART 2! by Dr. Dave Robinson

A column about little things that are deceptively similar, yet decisively different. Read and be prepared.

“You’ll never really fit in there”, he told me. Now

Patrick was a friend from my old high school in P.E. We were paddling out for a sunset surf at J-Bay when I told him I’m heading off to Australia. He tells me I will need a support system of friends and it will be ex -South Africans that will provide that. He knows because he tried it himself and went back. The Jeffreys Bay Boardriders Club logo on my surfboard is all that now reminds me of those prophetic words. My family and I have been here six years. We greet the neighbours and sometimes invite them over for dinner. The conversations usually get started with the same three questions: “Do you like it here?” (of course we do); “Why did you leave South Africa?” (responses become more philosophical as time goes by); and “What’s up with Mugabe?” (I still haven’t got used to the way SA is confused with Zim, but hats off to them for trying). I am pleased to be able to report that in six years we have actually made a few Aussie friends. Nevertheless, it is our handful of faithful ex -South Africans that are always there to share the ups and down that come with the territory when you arrive in a new country; displaced, dispossessed, cash-strapped, net-worth-diminished, and ‘network-less’. Now, because it’s important to get a new network, one needs to actively engage in an Australian practice called, appropriately, ‘networking’. To this end there are numerous ‘networking events’ and often ordinary events can turn into ‘networking opportunities’. These frequently take place over a meal. Common practice is for each person to introduce themselves. So you half listen to what the others say, while half preparing what you will say. As others unabashedly promote themselves with the confidence of worldrenowned statesmen, you realise that no amount of preparation’s going to give you the credibility of an Aussie accent. Like me, you may be torn between telling too much, thereby inviting criticism for having ‘banged-on’ or , worse, being a ‘tall poppy’ (which is a cardinal sin here) and the opposite: failing to make a good impression at all. Once the introductions out of the way, you all tuck into the cuisine of the day, usually delivered as an ‘alternate drop’. Luckily I learnt how to eat really fast at boarding school because what follows is non-stop talking, accompanied by much exchanging of business cards. In my first few years here, I participated in many of these so-called ‘networking events’. I quickly amassed a stack of business cards, without very much direct benefit, other than just generally acclimatizing and habituating (which of course is both necessary and useful, and probably the more realistic outcome of ‘networking’ activities). I’ never quite managed to condense my thirty-three years work experience into a two minute introduction, but fortunately it doesn’t matter anymore, ‘cos I’m Aussie now. Though I’m still wondering whether Patrick was right about ever really ‘fitting in’ here.

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Craig Coetzee Attracting and retaining quality staff is getting increasingly difficult. It is one of the most significant

challenges facing business owners today. It not only costs time and money, but is a critical issue when planning for succession. Young people entering the workforce have different ideals to generations past. We have all heard about Generation Y’s high expectations, needs and wants, and this by no means excludes their professional development. These values, combined with the shortage of high calibre staff, and resulting competition by organisations to recruit them, is creating headaches for recruiters across many industries. It is important for employers to develop a recruitment or succession plan that both addresses these generation-specific ideals, and captures the attention of Generation Yers entering the industry. This will go a long way towards ensuring that they are not lured to other businesses. You cannot grow your business without good staff. If you don’t have good staff your business will remain owner reliant. Furthermore, if your business is owner reliant it may restrict your succession options, and impact on your workload and lifestyle. This is what makes Effective Succession Planning so important. It’s about taking a proactive approach to the above issues by providing strategies to overcome them. One succession planning strategy for attracting and retaining key staff is becoming an Employer of Choice. We have all heard the term, and there is no single list of criteria – by its own definition it is subjective. The first step in becoming an Employer of Choice however, is simply to differentiate your approach to human resource management, thereby setting


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            

                                 

         

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       

  


                

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            


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